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Art Lovers can celebrate Mom all day at National Gallery of Art in DC on May 11

Bequest of Kate L. Brewster
The Art Institute of Chicago courtesy of The National Gallery of Art

Did you know? May 11, 2014 is opening-day of the much-anticipated exhibition Degas/Cassatt, for which the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. is the sole venue world-wide.

For starters, you should know Edgar Degas's (1834–1917) influence on fellow impressionist Mary Cassatt (1844–1926) is widely known, but her role in shaping his work and introducing him to American audiences is fully examined for the first time in this exhibition.

The Degas/Cassatt exhibition includes some 70 works in a variety of media, and includes groundbreaking new technical analysis. Kimberly A. Jones, associate curator, department of French paintings, National Gallery of Art, will present an introductory lecture to the exhibition at 2 p.m.

Take Mom out for a special lunch at the Garden Café Français, featuring a menu of classic French dishes designed by renowned Chef Michel Richard. Try the buffet or à la carte dishes, including tomato quiche, coq au vin, and rich chocolate mousse. Don’t forget to toast her with a glass of François Montand Blanc de Blancs Brut NV, available on the beverage menu. On Sundays, a preconcert menu of light fare and beverages is served from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Top off Mom’s day with a free concert at 6:30 p.m. in the West Garden Court. Henschel String Quartet will perform Beethoven’s Quartet, op.131, Henze’s Quartet no.1, and Christopher Theofanidis’ Visions and Miracles.

Make sure to stop by the Gallery Shops for a wide array of Mother’s Day gifts, including jewelry, scarves, stationery, and more.

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